Rain is good for a garden. But too much rain can wreak havoc on it, too.
Can cause root rot and the constant moisture can cause disease on the plants, such as tomato blight.
Which is the case for my tomato plants.
It started with the plants wilting.
Then the lower leaves started turning yellow.
I purposely haven’t added grass clippings around the plants because of all the rain.
They didn’t need any help keeping moisture.
We are currently having a heat wave with temperatures in the 90’s and the heat index above 100.
With no rain forecast in sight.
So I started by trimming all the dying leaves off my tomatoe plants, then tying them up again. Tying them up is an ongoing process as they grow.
Then I added grass clippings around and in between the plants.
Now is the time to hold in the moisture and it helps with weed control.
But I must say, they look a little hmmm……..well…….naked.
Don’t you think?
I also trimmed all the lower leaves from all the plants. The ones touching the ground are where disease begins on the plants.
On the bright side though, the plants that I bought are the ones taking the biggest hit.
The plants that I started from seed are doing well.
I think they look so much nicer with the grass clippings around them.
Normally, my tomato plants look more like a bush than a plant.
But this year…..well, I just hope they still produce tomatoes.
I am still pinching off blooms to let the plants get more established. I spend about a half an hour every other day pinching them off. I’ll let them start producing tomatoes when the plant is atleast waist high.
And with all the blooming they are doing, I think they will be just fine.
So how is your garden growing?